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Asian Tribune is published by World Institute For Asian Studies|Powered by WIAS Vol. 12 No. 2402

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Mandela marks 85 years

By Stephanie Nolen

Presidents, pop stars, the cook and the gardener — they're all on the guest list. This city is abuzz with the plans for the biggest party South Africa has seen in years: former president Nelson Mandela's 85th birthday.

CWC on the fence?

By Munza Mushtaq

Ceylon Workers Congress leader and Minister Arumugam Thondaman declined to comment when asked if his party would tie up with the new alliance between the SLFP and the JVP, to form a new government.

Another informant killed

Another army informant was shot dead, allegedly by two LTTE pistol gang members at Linganagar in Trincomalee.

Burma Stand-Off: Rangoon weighs Thai 'road map'

by Supalak Ganjanakhundee

Burma is looking over a Thai-proposed "road map" towards national reconciliation and democratisation, but has yet to comment on it.

Parasol mushroom Bio-project intrigues Princess

By Pennapa Hongthong

Advances in mushroom cultivation technology drew the attention of HRH Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn and the science minister of Malaysia yesterday at the start of an international conference on biotechnology.

Saddam' Tape Slams Governing Council, Praises Resistance

by Naseer Al-Nahr • Asharq Al-Awsat

The broadcast of a message attributed to Saddam Hussein marked the 35th anniversary of his Baath Party grabbing power, as US forces admitted they were facing guerrilla-style attacks in Iraq.

Nagas to extend ceasefire

By Bharat Bhushan

After "a stormy meeting", the National Socialist Council of Nagalim (Isak-Muivah) has agreed to extend the ceasefire with the Indian forces for another year. An agreement to this effect is scheduled to be signed tomorrow by the chief Indian interlocutor K. Padmanabhaiah and the general secretary of the NSCN (I-M), Thuingaleng Muivah.

Sri Lanka Aims to Restart Peace with Fresh Proposal

By Lindsay Beck

Sri Lanka stepped up its bid to restart stalled peace talks, forwarding a proposal to the Tamil Tiger rebels on Thursday it hopes will meet their demands to resume negotiations to end 20 years of civil war.

Old Wa lab gets new home

The Wa army's transfer of their refinery to their new regional base, in accordance with the decisions made late last month, was completed earlier this week.

SLMM briefs PM on situation

The Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission met Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to brief him on its negotiations with the LTTE relating to outstanding disputes.

SLMC support for IA only if substantial powers given to them- Hakeem

by Shamindra Ferdinando

The SLMC’s support for setting up an LTTE-run north-east interim administration (IA) will solely depend on the willingness of the government and the Tigers to give Muslims’ substantial powers to administer predominantly Muslim areas in the region.

Govt. probes reports of mortars near Manirasakulam: Did LTTE position mortars near disputed camp?

by Shamindra Ferdinando

The government is investigating intelligence reports that Tigers positioned mortars at a village several kms south-east of Manirasakulam, the scene of a major dispute over the establishment of a new camp in the government-held area.

Kumaratunga's party slams World Bank

President Chandrika Kumaratunga's party, the People's Alliance (PA), today alleged that the World Bank was giving a billion dollars in aid to Sri Lanka in order to take some of that money back for its own consultants.

Iraqi police detains al-Jazira correspondent in al-Ramadi

The Iraqi police have arrested the correspondent of al-Jazira TV in al-Ramadi together with a photographer and a driver working for al-Jazira office in the city. The police accused the correspondent of provoking violence.

Temple last thing on my mind: Vajpayee

In an apparent rebuttal to threats by the Vishwa Hindu Parishad (VHP) and the Rashtriya Swayam Sewak Sangh (RSS), Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee said that he was not interested in courting controversies.

Sri Lanka arrests Indian and Pakistani migrants

Sri Lanka arrested more than 100 migrants from India and Pakistan, accusing them of using the island as a transit point to Italy.

Lankan opposition says CIA infiltrating defence establishment

Sri Lankan President Chandrika Kumaratunga's party alleged that the US Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) had infiltrated the island's defence establishment.

Thai district protests against dog meat ban

Hundreds of people in a Thai district infamous for its love of dog meat have rallied against a proposal to ban dog slaughtering and eating.

Question of India sending troops to Iraq surfaces again

Close on the heels of the rejection of the US request, the question of India sending troops to Iraq revived with the UN Secretary General Kofi Annan speaking of plans to seek troops from member countries for deployment in the war-ravaged country.

Clarion Call by the University Students to Bring down Military Government in Burma.

Three University students inside Burma, called for the end of the Military rule in Burma. They have berated the atrocities inflicted by the Army rule in the field of education and openly declared their desire for the establishment of the democratic rule in the country.